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Fishing in Dublin (Part-4)

In previous articles you must have learned about the angling spots and variety of fish available there. This article will tell you more about fishing in Dublin. There are certain local clubs which actively organizes fishing tournaments and “Dublin & District Angling Club” is one safe example of it.

An effort is made to make Canal a better and more enjoyable place to fish. Recently 45 permanent pegs have been installed together with great improvement in fish stock. Anglers can make good catches of roach, bream, and even big perch using a small canal waggles with sweet corn or/and maggots.

The Royal Canal in Ballybough has also been recently developed with the efforts of a new local club. This stretch of canal has good catches of roach which can be hunted by float tackle using bread punch or maggots. The part of the canal on the Croke Park side offers great bream and tench.
North from Blanchardstown, the fishery of Rathbeggan Lakes is signposted at around 8 miles, turn left and follow the narrow roadway to the gates of one of the well-managed fisheries. The regular stocking of hand-picked rainbow trout, makes this place a great place to fly-fish. It is open all year around and is user-friendly. Tackles are available.

Bothernabreena Reservoir is located in Glenasmole, South County Dublin. It can be accessed from the city center by bus, however even the nearest bus stop means a fifteen minute walk to the lower reservoir. The upper reservoir is reachable by car.
There are two reservoirs in Bothernabreena; the lower one is small while the larger one is almost a mile long. The lower one is stocked every year so it has better trout. The fishing permit for these reservoirs has to be sanctioned by Dublin Corporation
March to September is the right time to make full use of fishing in these reservoirs. By Ministerial order fly-fishing is the only method allowed here; wet and dry fly patterns in small sizes are recommended.
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Fishing in Dublin (Part-3)

In Part-1 & 2 the coastal area of North Dublin and different angling spots are covered. Now we will take you to the southern side of this great county.

Dalkey Island, situated in the southeast of Dun Laoghaire, is surrounded by two well maintained, folk jammed harbors i.e. Bullock and Coliemore. You can get hold of small boats for general ground fishing steering from mid water through high tide. One is likely to find dogfish, plaice, dabs, coding, whiting and seasonally mackerel too.
Ahead of it is Killiney Beach which is a fishing venue for plaice, bass, coding, coalfish and Pollack. Then there is another popular boat and fishing location, Bray, where pier fishing for Pollack, coding and even conger takes place.
North Beach at Greystones is known for its fishing particularly for dab, plaice, turbot, sole and conger. Besides fishing, there is great scope for pier fishing and rock fishing here, and also small boats can be used for general bottom fishing.

A wide variety of species are found in this Coastal side of Dublin including: Bass, plaice, dab, gurnard, coalfish, conger, dogfish, plaice, codling, whiting, mackerel, ray, bullhuss, smoothound, spur dog and tope. The versatility of this location provides you with maximum methods of fishing to produce good results even if mother luck is not on your side. Baits normally used are: Crab, lugworm, rag worm and sand eel. However it’s a better to wait till the right time comes when variety of fish is available. April and December are the seasons for catching fish. The ground type is sandy but gravel and rocks are also found.

Most of these fishing places in Dublin are easily accessible through the Dart service or even buses in some cases. Moreover there are even some chartered boat services operating in this capital city of Ireland. Though one recommended caution is, “Before you venture out into the deep or even not so deep waters of Dublin, check with Dublin Ports Authority for the tides”. It’s always good to take safety as a priority.
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Fishing in Dublin (Part-2)

Part-1 of this article reveals several angling spots in the coastal area of North Dublin. It informs you about various types of fish available in these spots and the seasons suitable for fishing.

Ireland gives ample opportunity to the tourists to enjoy the sea and its related activities especially fishing.
Howth and Sutton are well developed and have proper docks; rock and boat for anglers there. You can grab Pier whiting, Pollack, coalfish and codling in summers and autumn in the eastern and western parts of Dublin. There is a scenic cliff on a way to Bialy which should be viewed at every cost.
This area comprises of tough and dicey rocks. One needs to be very careful while crossing on foot especially. Single hook rigs are best adapted to the rocky terrain. The baits usually used and easily found in this area are: Crab, lugworm, ragworm, mussel, squid and fish baits.

Dollymount Strand is used for beach fishing for bass and flatfish; and evening tides in particularly autumns are very productive. The hotspot is considered to be the northern end of the beach where the channel joins the Sutton Creek. Fishing from the lighthouse on the North Bull Wall helps you get Pollack, coalfish, rockling, whiting, and bass. However seasons of autumn and winter are considered as the best time for fishing on this side.

Liffey Estuary has a number of slipways which eases the boats into the Dublin Bay for fishing.
Dun Laoghaire is popular amongst anglers for its boat and shore fishing. There is a bus and Dart station nearby, which makes this fishing point very accessible. There are chartered fishing vessels using this harbor as well. The commonly found species at this venue are bass, codling, Pollack, whiting, mackerel, mullet, flatfish, spur dog and tope. The ground type is mainly sand and May/October are the ‘right’ seasons for fishing there.
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Fishing in Dublin (Part-1)

Lazing amidst great scenic beauty and beautiful coast fishing takes you away from hurly-burly life for a while. It’s nothing less than a game which is as enjoyable as other things are. You get pleasure especially when you have an ample choice of lakes, rivers, and streams for fishing. Dublin features some angling clubs like Howth Sea Angling Club and fishing farms.

The North Dublin coast is occupying an area from Balbriggan to Howth and covers Skerries, Loughshinny and Rush. These are boat angling points because in May and October fishing is done through boats here. The ground type here is mainly sandy but there are reefs and rocks around islands. The fish species which inhabit these places are: Mackerel, whiting, codling, Pollack, dab, spur dog, mullet, tope, ray and many others of various types. The recommended bait is used for Mackerel, rag worm and lugworm.

Rogerstown Estuary is a fishing venue especially for bass and flatfish from sandbars on either side of the bay. It is a popular ‘bait collection area’, similar to Donabate Strand.

Malahide Estuary, situated under a railway overpass is an outstanding modern angling spot. Malahide is a picturesque town where a large pool is recently developed. It’s indeed a hub of variety of fish e.g. mullets, flounder, eels, bass and sea trout.
Then there is the Velvet Strand which runs for about 3 miles and is also an angling spot. If you go for beach fishing on the Strand it will produce bass, flounder, dogfish, codling and whiting. And the best fish is caught during surf.

On the Lower Northern side of Dublin the coast has more mudflats and sandbanks, but then it descends into a flat sandy beach. In addition, months of April and October are considered to be the best time for fishing on the coastal side.
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